Sunday , October 22 2017

ASUS Zenfone AR — Australian Hands on

There is so much to see and do here at Computex, but one of the toys I actively sought out today for a look at was the Zenfone AR. Initially it came to our attention in January and now we’ve been able to spend a bit more time with it.

For such a powerful device it really does have some wonderfully slick lines and isn’t cumbersome to hold. There’s a lot of hardware jammed into a phone that is near identical size to the Pixel XL and feels very similar. As a phone, noting we only had a little time we got with the device, it performs admirably and with the huge amount of RAM onboard that should hardly be a surprise to anyone.

The phone itself is a really slick piece of hardware and in hand feels much as you can see from the specs below, but the Augmented Reality features open a whole new world of excitement to mobile users.

Key Specifications:ASUS ZenFone AR
Release dateJanuary 2017
Screen size5.7-inch
Screen technologyAMOLED
Resolution2,560 x 1,440
PPI518
Rear camera23MP
Rear aperture
Front camera
Front aperture
ChipsetSnapdragon 821
Core config2.15GHz x 2 + 1.6GHz x 2
RAM8GB
Storage
MicroSD
Battery0 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB C
Headphone PortYes
Headphone LocationBottom
Speaker ConfigurationBottom
WIFI standards
Bluetooth standards
NFC
Location
Android OSAndroid 7.0
Vendor skin
Dimensions
ColoursBlack

Ready for Daydream and as the first high end Tango phone, it’s a lovely bit of kit with some great functionality that will certainly expand in the near future.

Sadly though, we’re still yet to see further information on pricing and availability within Australia. When asked the Asus staff at the stall were quite guarded about any plans for expansion into new markets. There’s little reason, at this stage, to believe it will come to Australia.

Is the Zenfone AR a device you’ll consider as a future purchase, or just something you want to have a play with?

 

Phil Tann   Journalist

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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